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Arboricultural Association Press Release
An Official Press Release from the Arboricultural Association
March 2017

Arboricultural Association Launches

Industry Health & Safety Review

The Arboricultural Association this week launched an industry wide review into Health and Safety in relation to the use of chainsaws.

Following the recent publication of a ‘Prevention of Future Deaths’ report in relation to a fatality in February 2016 and the second, recent, death of another climbing arborist, the Association takes seriously its role to work with industry to discover what steps could be taken to lessen the likelihood of a similar accident happening in future.

Feedback from within the industry is critical in helping the association to work with its partner organisations, including HSE and chainsaw manufacturers, to determine the best way forward.

In both instances, young, fit, qualified and experienced climbing arborists lost their lives while working in the tree operating top handled chainsaws. Both were 32 years old. In both cases, kickback is suspected (but not conclusively confirmed) as being the cause of the fatal cut injuries to the neck.

The results of the survey will be used to determine what ways we can work with our tree work professionals, training providers and partners to continue to improve the standards of health and safety within the sector and work as best we can to reduce the risk of future accidents.

The survey closes on 31st March and can be found here:

Take the Survey >


A number of Health and Safety resources can be found at the Arboricultural Associations help and advice pages here:

Help & Advice >

Health and Safety – Tree work health and safety pages can be found at:

HSE Tree Work >

Promote the survey using this link: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WZHXMSP

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